Roland Berger Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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Roland Berger CEO Charles-Édouard Bouée
Charles-Édouard Bouée
8 Ratings

Pros
  • Challenging, Learning curve, Great colleagues, good pay (in 8 reviews)

  • There are very nice people there (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Working hours, sometimes stuck with the same client/ in an industry because you have already become an expert after 1-2 projects (in 11 reviews)

  • Work-life balance (often unnecessarily long working hours), in my case it was clearly due to understaffing (in 6 reviews)

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  1. doing the internship with the team for the project offered by the government

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roland Berger part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good teams to work with and appropriate working load and time.

    Cons

    hard to get promotions and too many business trips to local cities


  2. Senior Consultant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the projects are very interesting, you really learn a lot and strongly develop your analytical skills and business knowledge.

    Cons

    Top management is not always adequate and you run the risk to work for low performers which has an impact on your career. Sometimes long hours are not necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Select better the people from the manager level above because some of them are not adequate for their role. Also try to guarantee more work life balance.


  3. Don't waste your time, no opportunity here

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Roland Berger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Small company environment and competitive compensation

    Cons

    Management and HR will fill you with empty promises to get you in the door. Company cannot keep top talent due to inability to secure top level consulting projects and recognize/develop good talent. Partners are ego centric and only concerned about how they are personally perceived by executive team in Germany

    Advice to Management

    Start developing human capital and provide development opportunities for all employees. Work to make necessary changes happen


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  5. NOT a top firm in the US

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional initial training in Munich, some interesting projects out of Europe partners, generous perks including above average hotel accommodations and decent daily stipends while traveling

    Cons

    Lack of skills depth and leadership development, RB brand/service offerings in the US, back office snottiness (especially nightmarish IT lead), small internal coalitions that make new/strong consultants feel unwelcome

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving project pipeline in the US by bringing in the senior leadership that has the capabilities to do so (and don't reward those that don't)


  6. Helpful (9)

    Rampant age discrimination

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Name recognition, esp among car manufacturers, mostly in Europe

    Cons

    If you are over 35, no need to apply. I had an interview with a German partner in Chicago who was clueless about US labor laws and when he heard I am 36 he said "Uh, oh" and basically ended it with irrelevant small talk.
    They take advantage of young people in accordance with the company founder's publicly stated attitude that "young people can be squeezed like lemons and then thrown away" (Mr. Berger, Germany, early 90s)

    Advice to Management

    Arrive in the 21st century and lose the discriminatory attitude.


  7. intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roland Berger

    Pros

    In roland berger you are always learning through project

    Cons

    hours are long, there are always emergency tasks


  8. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Roland Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    many projects focused on the government

    Cons

    bad working time, Overtime always

    Advice to Management

    They should pay more attention on the consultant's career development


  9. Great globally, but US is a backwater within the firm.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome international exposure and senior role access

    Cons

    No job security or clarity on advancement


  10. Helpful (1)

    disconnect between Munich HQ and North America

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Job Title in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Job Title in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Roland Berger

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    small company atmosphere with connections to a much larger organization outside the US

    Cons

    no personal life outside of the office, unreasonable hours

    Advice to Management

    work policies and procedures need to be developed and enforced.


  11. A Tremendous learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Roland Berger full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    1/ Very challenging
    2/ A world of rigour and rationality
    3/ Interesting people and stimulating work atmosphere

    Cons

    1/ No personal life
    2/ Hard hard working



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